Thursday, January 19, 2012

All About the Sun

For Science I'm supposed to teach about the sun; specifically the Oregon State Standards (2009).

K.1E.1 Gather evidence that the sun warms land, air, and water.
K.2E.1 Identify changes in things seen in the sky.
K.2P.1 Examine the different ways things move.

Here are some of the activities I've done with my class. They are pictorial input charts ala GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) which makes the content (science concepts) comprehensible to English Language Learners. The Kinders are super excited about the topic and are so curious. 

I started out teaching that all living things need sun. Also, that the sun controls the air/temperature.

You could also do this as a time-line showing kids that the sun starts the food chain. 1) Sun helps plants grow (grass) 2) animals eat plants (cow) 3) people eat/drink (people drinking milk/hamburger).

This picture illustrates that the Sun and Earth are in space the perfect distance apart. When one side of the Earth faces the sun it is day while the other side of the Earth has night. It was so cute when a little one who was visibly shocked said,  " are people on Earth who are having night right now!?!" Yes, honey! :-)

After learning about the sun through the charts and a poem about the sun, they brainstormed the ides on this chart. Later during writer's workshop we practiced writing complete sentences using the starts: The sun is ___ or The sun helps ___. It was great! Later on we'll learn more about how the Earth rotates on its axis where the Sun is located in space relative to the planets. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Let it Snow!

My class did their first art project of the year. It was Friday and I was scrambling for something "fun" to do. I liked that this snowman project integrated "shapes" too. I found the idea on pinterest from We Heart Art. I loved this lesson - they turned out so cute! And I was happy to have something "new" to look at on the bulletin board in the hall. It was an easy activity to prep.
Blue 9X12 construction paper (background)
White 9X12 construction paper (with body shape drawn/printed) cut out
Orange 4 1/2x6 construction paper (noses) kids can cut as triangles
Black rectangles for scarves (I just eyeballed it... about 2"x5" for the long piece, and 2"x3" for the short)
Variety of 1"x1" paper squares (I had baggies full of these from other projects - you could use fabric scraps, stickers, whatever you have on hand)
Black markers
Glue/Silver glitter

I made snowflakes to hang on the top of the bulletin board from this site: Marcels Kid Crafts - They turned out sooo cool! It will look like my snowmen are looking at the falling snowflakes!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I've been Awarded! Yahoo!!

Wow! I'm so excited! Edana over at Color Me Kinder has nominated me as one of her fun newly discovered blogs. I'm very grateful that you've taken the time to explore my blog and find something you might use. So here are the "award" rules:

1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link back to them.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them  
    know that they've received an award. 

Here we go with my 7 things: 

1. I never really knew the meaning of LOVE until I had my son a year ago. Being a mommy is my #1 job in the world. 

2.  I am totally addicted to my iphone and all the apps (Pinterest, facetime, Groupon, etc.) I can not get enough - I think I might die from iphone-elbow due to all the use of it.

3. I'm kind of a linguistics nerd - I love learning about language acquisition, sound formation, and all IPA kinds of things. Now reading my blog you'll notice I don't proof read it like crazy or anything and I'm certainly not going to judge others - but my ears sure perk up when I hear wonky linguistics stuff.

4. I don't wear socks - like ever. I think my toes have claustrophobia. My sister teases me that my feet stink - and usually they do because of never wearing socks, but I just c-a-n-'t wear them. Ugh... *shudder*!

5.  I'm a junkie! When there's an offer to get stuff for my students for free I'm all over it! I'm so fortunate that there are such generous donors out there! 

6. I'm not afraid of public speaking - in fact I think it's kind of fun.

7. The last one is legend-in-the-making stuff...I found a DEAD mouse in my purse once. Um...can you say I got a SICK cat "gift." I think that was my absolute "lowlight" of 2011. Yah, I was laughing and crying and screaming all at the same time - oh yah, this was at school as I was fishing my keys out of my purse that my hand found all the goodness. Ahhh!!! LOL!

Now, my award passing goes to these lovely bloggers. To each of you, thank you for sharing your ideas and taking time to post your thoughts and work. It makes me feel good to go through the same kind of things (exhaustion, joy, frustration, etc.) as all of you. I have to go chase after my baby boy, so I might be back to add more bloggers (I know I didn't post 15). 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Teacher Blog

I wanted to spread the word that one of my friends (Nicole - this is your shout out!!) who is also a great teacher at my school has created a new "teacher blog." Nicole is one of my best blog supporters - she always comments on my blog when not many people have time to - it is great getting her feedback and support. Nicole is very creative, dedicated to the kids, and always is willing to share her awesome ideas. I don't know how she juggles being a mommy, wife, and teacher! Somehow, she finds the time to blog about what's going on in her 3rd grade classroom. Stop by and join her blog and you won't regret it. It's bound to be full of ideas & freebies! Here is the link: